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Jay Cline: Are medical-data breaches overreported?

The Eli Lilly employee whose programming glitch <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/62050/ACLU_Knocks_Eli_Lilly_for_Divulging_E_Mail_Addresses">exposed the e-mail addresses of almost 700 Prozac users</a> to each other didn't know he was making history. Since that day in June 2001, hundreds more US healthcare organizations have reported medical-data breaches. As a result of those reports, federal and state health agencies have dealt out millions of dollars in fines, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a round of 150 audits. Meanwhile, a cottage industry of breach-notification service providers has arisen, and healthcare organizations can't find enough privacy talent to batten down the hatches.

Jay Cline | 21 Sep | Read more

16 essential Android apps for IT pros

There are hundreds of thousands of Android apps, including many that are useful for IT professionals on the job. These apps can help connect to servers, monitor computers, access databases, analyze the airwaves, scan networks, and serve as a reference. Here are 16 of these apps, most of them free.

Eric Geier | 19 Sep | Read more

Security roundup: Stealing from the military; persistent threats; mammoth security problems; bot armies

Sometimes the difference between selfless valor and selfish cowardice is stark. On the same week that 21-year-old Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer is awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in saving his compatriots in Afghanistan, we hear that Rene Quimby, 42, is sentenced to prison for stealing 16,000 identities of U.S. military service members and using that information to steal from 650 victims.

Ellen Messmer | 17 Sep | Read more

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